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Sex Porpoises 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Jim Thornburg, 1990
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Jan 19, 2003

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Sex Porpoises


This is the rightmost route on the southwest face of the main rock. To access this route, you can walk around the right side of the main rock at low tide, but at high tide it's probably best to find a path down the slippery section on the south side of the rock from the main junction that you would take to get to the top of the main rock.

This route has a little bit of everything. Powerful pulls, balancy sections, roof sections and near vertical bouldering sections. The route is pretty sustained, so any resting points you can find along the way should be used.

This is one of the more popular "hard" routes in the bay area, and often has people on it; at least, "often" for a 5.12c!


6 staples to a 2 bolt top anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Taken from the approach that doesn't involve slidi...
BETA PHOTO: Taken from the approach that doesn't involve slidi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading into the crux.
Heading into the crux.
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting the 4th
Setting the 4th
Rock Climbing Photo: Sex Porpoises
Sex Porpoises

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By Andy Liu
From: Eastern Sierra
May 19, 2013

By Damien Verrett
Aug 13, 2015

Heads up!

As of 8/12/2015 the right anchor bolt is loose in the rock and twisting quite a bit.

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